Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contains Toxic Oil

Test from several independent laboratories have confirmed that Gulf seafood contains a high level of toxic compounds as a result of oil contamination.

BP’s Deepwater Horizon well leaked over 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a five month period, yet government officials have gone out of their way to assure the public that shrimp, fish, and crab harvested from those waters is completely safe to eat.

Unconvinced, scientists in separate parts of the country tested seafood samples from recently reopened areas that have been deemed “safe” for commercial fishing.

Robert M. Naman, a chemist at ACT Labs in Mobile, Alabama, conducted tests on Gulf shrimp pulled from waters near Louisiana after being contacted by a New Orleans activist.

“I wouldn’t eat shrimp, fish or crab caught in the Gulf,” Naman told Raw Story. The seafood Naman tested displayed an unusual high concentration of oil and grease in its digestive tracts: 193 parts-per-million.

The FDA claims that up to 100-PPM of oil and dispersant residue is safe to consume in finned fish, and 500-PPM is allowed for shellfish.

Another researcher, Dr. William Sawyer, of the Sanibel, Florida-based Toxicology Consultants & Assessment Specialists, replicated Naman’s findings by testing Gulf shrimp, oysters and finned fish.

The only difference? This seafood was on its way to market.

“Once oil enters, it can damage every organ, every system in the body,” Dr. Shaw told Raw Story. “There is no safe level of exposure to this oil, because it contains carcinogens, mutagens that can damage DNA and cause cancer and other chronic health problems.

Headaches, nausea, fatigue and rapid changes in mental state have all been identified as human symptoms of ingesting oil contaminants, but long term effects are still unknown.

If the state of the environment is any indication of what might be instore for those that ingest contaminated Gulf seafood, the prognosis is grim.

Earlier this week scientists surveying the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico said coral reefs near the BP spill site were almost certainly dying from exposure to toxic substances.

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William C
William C6 days ago

Thanks for the information.

W. C
W. C7 days ago

Thank you for caring.

Terry V.
Terry V6 years ago

Hell no would I eat any thing from the gulf !!!!!

Hank W.
Hank W.7 years ago

BP poisoning our waters, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
(Last link of Banned Book):

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago


Klaus P.
Klaus Peters7 years ago

It really does not surprise me. Lucky I am not a great friend of sea food. It is supposed to be good for you, sure that may be so, if it is not contaminated. But nowerdays oil spills, heavy metals and other chemicals pollute the seas and waterways and there is no guarantee when we puchase seafood that it is "uncontaminated". We never know where it comes from.

James Fazerider
James F7 years ago

Found some actual science at last...
Buried halfway down the page, the letter and associated attachments from Eric Schwaab of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) to the FDA make interesting reading.

Dave Tohunga
Dave te tohunga7 years ago

as after 911 authorities aiding and abetting criminal corporations are deliberately, for $, selling out those whose wellbeing they are sworn to protect... jail the swine and confiscate their personal assets to compensate their victims and see such corruption STOP.

Michael L.
Michael L7 years ago

BP....may you see your abyss of hell, you ruthless murdering lying thugs....

Manuela C.
Manuela C7 years ago

Awful, but not surprising...